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15,517 Ratings

The Seventh Seal

Det sjunde inseglet

Directed by Ingmar Bergman
Sweden, 1957
Drama, Fantasy

Synopsis

A Knight and his squire are home from the crusades. Black Death is sweeping their country. As they approach home, Death appears to the knight and tells him it is his time. The knight challenges Death to a chess game for his life.

The Seventh Seal Directed by Ingmar Bergman

Critics reviews

Whenever I revisit THE SEVENTH SEAL, what hits me hardest isn’t the heavy symbolism or the theological discourse, but rather the material involving the traveling players. Along with the romance in SUMMER WITH MONIKA, these passages epitomize the earthiness and sensuality that course through the first decade or so of Ingmar Bergman’s filmmaking career, communicating not just fascination with but also enthusiastic love for other people.
May 27, 2016
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The scythe and the chessboard, the scorched earth and the pestilence of doubt: “Oh, you and your visions…” Ingmar Bergman at once engraves his modern inquiry in medieval stone, a post-Hiroshima brooder in a Grünewald canvas comprises the allegory, unbearably bleak and comical… In Bergman’s most iconic expression of existential yoke, life is an unwinnable game postponed long enough to discover we know nothing.
January 01, 2010
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